It’s no secret that the internet masses around these parts have been, for quite some time, clamoring for a Chick-Fil-A franchise to come to town (adjacent to the Target/Olive Garden/Red Lobster fantasy megaplex, no doubt). And as much as I’d love to say that your poultry dreams are coming true, I’m afraid I cannot.

However, two new locations relatively nearby are opening in the coming days. And in doing so, they’re giving 200 lucky patrons free food for an entire year! Locations in Bridgeton and Florissant (again, I stress RELATIVELY close) will open on January 31 and the first 100 people in line at each location will receive 52 coupons for free Chick-Fil-A meals. Registration begins the day prior at 6:00 am when the forecasted low for St. Louis will be at five degrees. But hey, free chicken.

Apparently this “First 100 Campout” is a regular thing for new Chick-Fil-A franchises and has been going on for 15 years or approximately $39 million in free food.

Not including campus locations at Truman and Western Illinois, the closest Chick-Fil-A to our region is in Wentzville, Missouri followed by Columbia, Missouri.

And if you're reading this and you feel you could be the savior that brings a franchise to the region, just remember, it's not as hard as you might think.